The Millions Interview

February 27, 2012

Scott Donaldson on the “Impossible Craft” of Writing Biography 10

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“If you fall in love with your subject, you can so identify with your subject that you lose something of your own self to it. The first two biographers of Malcolm Lowry who was a suicide, they both killed themselves. Maybe they had that inclination to begin with. But that can happen.”

February 17, 2012

Crime Pays: Jo Nesbø Talks about Killing Harry Hole and the Best Job in the World 16

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I had worked as a taxi driver, a stockbroker. A fishing trawler. I had many kinds of jobs. And I know this is the greatest job that you can have. To actually get up in the morning and people are paying you to do what you really want to do. To come up with these stories.

January 31, 2012

Lethal Language: Ben Marcus Urges Writers to March on the Enemy 11

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Accessibility is such a strange, sad measure of the writing I love. Dora the Explorer is accessible. The Unconsoled is not.

January 27, 2012

The Millions Interview: Bradford Morrow 2

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While evil is obviously universal, various forms of evil portrayed in The Uninnocent do seem to me to be distinctly American. An unstable idealism that sometimes erupts into irrevocable acts of violence or crime does reside in the hearts of many of these characters.

November 15, 2011

The Magician’s Forgotten Brother 1

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“I wanted to honor the memory of this gay man who was silenced in so many different ways — by his chronic stutter, by his outré sexuality, by the labor camp, and finally by his brother, Vladimir Nabokov, who failed to mention Sergey’s existence until the third version of Speak, Memory.”

November 7, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alan Hollinghurst Answers his Critics 5

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“I was so hoping that we could get beyond the whole gay writer thing now, which I feel stuck in.”

November 3, 2011

Robert Birnbaum in Conversation with Anne Enright 2

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“You have to sink in order to write a book. I don’t mean in a depressive sort of way. You have to diffuse as much as anything else. Just in those early days — to lose control of it and to be helpless and not know what you are doing. And then the focus comes sentence by sentence.”

October 31, 2011

A Love of Books: An Independent Bookseller is Born 8

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“All along I said I wanted a community-focused bookstore, and that has really come to fruition so much sooner than I’d expected. I think the bonds with the community are going to just get stronger the longer we’re here.”

October 20, 2011

Robert Birnbaum in Conversation with John Sayles 8

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“For a filmmaker to have made 17 movies in 35 years is pretty good. And most of them — we don’t always have enough money to do them justice, but most of them, there was no fighting a rear guard action against a studio to change things or tell you who to cast or whatever, so I have been really lucky.”

October 4, 2011

“Horrible things happen everywhere”: The Millions Interview with Craig Thompson 5

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“There’s a very offensive Islamophobia that happens in the media. But then there’s also this overly-PC, liberal reaction to tiptoe around a lot of subjects which I think is its own form of insult.”